Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then... Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, entertainment, performance, performance art, 2012
Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, music, performance, TED2014, 2014
Sō Percussion creates adventurous compositions with new, unconventional instruments. Performing "Music for Wood and Strings" by Bryce Dessner of The National, the quartet plays custom-made dulcimer-like instruments that combine the sound of an electric guitar with the percussionist's toolkit to create a hypnotic effect. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, live music, music, performance, performance art, TED2016, 2016
Natasha Tsakos presents part of her one-woman, multimedia show, "Upwake." As the character Zero, she blends dream and reality with an inventive virtual world projected around her in 3D animation and electric sound. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, media, performance, performance art, storytelling, theater, TED2009,...
This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, music, performance, poetry, storytelling, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, biology, magic, medicine, performance, 2009
Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, music, performance, TED2010, 2010
Virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin performs and discusses her theremin, the not-just-for-sci-fi electronic instrument that is played without being touched. Songs include "Autumn Leaves," "Lush Life" and David Mash’s "Listen, Words Are Gone." Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, live music, music, performance, technology, 2002
Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela combine furiously fast riffs and dazzling rhythms to create a style that draws on both flamenco guitar and heavy metal in this live performance of their song, "The Soundmaker." Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, guitar, live music, music, performance, TED2015, 2015
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. -- and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima." Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, entertainment, performance, poetry, storytelling, 2011
In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, education, entertainment, magic, math, performance, 2005
Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, future, humor, performance, theater, TED2014, 2014
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, guitar, innovation, music, performance, singer, 2008
Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, arts, comedy, culture, performance, 2006
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, gaming, performance, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
Before he fought in the galactic battle between the dark side and the light in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. In this disarming talk, he narrates the story of how he became a Marine, discusses the complex transition from soldier to citizen and tells us about Arts in the Armed Forces, a nonprofit that brings theater to military. "Self-expression is just as valuable a tool as a rifle on your shoulder," Driver says. Followed... Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, arts, collaboration, communication, entertainment, film, language, military,...
Sting’s early life was dominated by a shipyard—and he dreamed of nothing more than escaping the industrial drudgery. But after a nasty bout of writer’s block that stretched on for years, Sting found himself channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew in his youth for song material. In a lyrical, confessional talk, Sting treats us to songs from his upcoming musical, and to an encore of “Message in a Bottle.” Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, performance, TED2014, 2014
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, culture, entertainment, humor, performance, TEDxSummit, 2012
Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts -- asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? At TEDxYYC, he offers a bold look forward. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxYYC, TED, Talks, arts, education, entertainment, performance, 2010
Choreographer Aakash Odedra is dyslexic and has always felt that his best expression comes through movement. “Murmur” is his ode to that experience, teaming up with co-creators Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab. Watch him spin his way through the center of a storm, as pages of books take flight all around him. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, dance, music, performance, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble display their eclectic convergence of violin, clarinet, bass, drums and more in this energetic rendition of the traditional Roma tune, "Turceasca." Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, live music, music, performance, TED2016, 2016
Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, <em>Leave Your Sleep.</em> Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, literature, music, performance, poetry, TED2010, 2010
This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 -- presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White -- simply tickles. Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, animals, education, entertainment, performance, 2006
At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive? Topics: TEDTalks, Full Spectrum Auditions, TED, Talks, brain, entertainment, performance, 2011
Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, math, music, performance, TEDYouth 2013, 2013
David Byrne sings the Talking Heads' 1988 hit, "(Nothing But) Flowers." He's accompanied by Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel, who made up the TED2010 house band. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, future, music, performance, society, 2010
Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang plays her electric rendering of "Ridiculous Fellows" from Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" orchestral suite. This exhilarating performance from TEDxUSC features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare instrument specially programmed by Qi herself. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxUSC, TED, Talks, china, music, performance, piano, technology, 2009
Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock delivers a stunning performance alongside two old friends -- past drummer for the Headhunters, Harvey Mason, and bassist Marcus Miller. Listen to the end to hear them sweeten the classic Watermelon Man. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, arts, live music, music, performance, TED2009, 2009
Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, entertainment, music, performance art, TED2013, 2013
In this performance, Sarah Jones brings you to the front row of a classroom in the future, as a teacher plugs in different personas from the year 2016 to show their varied perspectives on sex work. As she changes props, Jones embodies an elderly homemaker, a “sex work studies” major, an escort, a nun-turned-prostitute and a guy at a strip club for his bachelor party. It’s an intriguing look at a taboo topic, that flips cultural norms around sex inside out. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, culture, future, humor, performance, sex, TED2015, 2015
Tango, waltz, foxtrot ... these classic ballroom dances quietly perpetuate an outdated idea: that the man always leads and the woman always follows. That's an idea worth changing, say Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox, as they demonstrate their "Liquid Lead" dance technique along with fellow dancer Alida Esmail. Watch as Copp and Fox captivate and command the stage while boldly deconstructing and transforming the art of ballroom dance. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, art, beauty, creativity, culture, dance, entertainment, gender,...
Writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives life to author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper and a bull rider, excerpts from her solo show "On the Road: A Search for American Character." Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, Featured, MacArthur grant, United States, arts, culture,...
At TEDxRotterdam, world champion whistler Geert Chatrou performs the whimsical "Eleonora" by A. Honhoff, and his own "Fête de la Belle." In a fascinating interlude, he talks about what brought him to the craft. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRotterdam 2010, TED, Talks, entertainment, live music, music, performance, 2010
Singer Rhiannon Giddens joins international music collective Silk Road Ensemble to perform "St. James Infirmary Blues," spiking the American folk song that Louis Armstrong popularized in the 1920s with Romani influence and mischievous energy. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, live music, music, performance, singer, vocals, TED2016, Silk
Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, humor, live music, music, performance, poetry, TED2012,...
The euphonium, with its sweet brass sound, is rarely heard outside of traditional brass bands. Cutting loose on the euph, prodigy Matthew White performs Nat McIntosh's hip-hop-inflected "The Warrior Comes Out to Play." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, live music, music, performance, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
For musician Teitur, singing is about giving away a piece of yourself to others. "If your intentions are to impress people or to get the big applause at the end," he says, "then you are taking, not giving." Listen as he plays on stage at TED2015, offering two songs about love, distance and home. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, guitar, live music, music, performance, piano, TED2015, 2015
One-of-a-kind R and B group Naturally 7 beatboxes an orchestra's worth of instruments to groove through their smooth single, "Fly Baby." Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, New York, entertainment, innovation, music, performance, singer, 2009
Violinist Natalie MacMaster and TED Musical Director Thomas Dolby play Dolby’s original song “Blue Is a River” in this ethereal duet -- with a little dancing. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, Featured, entertainment, history, music, performance, short talk,...
Engineer and artist Golan Levin pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with audiovisuals and technology. In an amazing TED display, he shows two programs he wrote to perform his original compositions. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, art, arts, entertainment, invention, music, performance, software,...
Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance. In a charming interlude, the 11-year-old praises the timeless design of her instrument. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, Featured, arts, entertainment, music, performance, prodigy, violin,...
Human beatbox James "AudioPoet" Burchfield performs an intricate three-minute breakdown -- sexy, propulsive hip-hop rhythms and turntable textures -- all using only his voice. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, entertainment, humor, illusion, live music, music, performance, 2003
Remember the days you struggled just to make a yo-yo spin, and if you were really fancy, to “walk the dog”? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tells the inspiring story of finding his life's passion, and gives an awesome performance that will make you want to pull your yo-yo back out of the closet. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, dance, entertainment, performance, toy, TED2013, 2013
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, Featured, arts, creativity, entertainment, live music, music,...
Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, live music, performance, wunderkind, youth, TED@New...
Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring Betta Lemme. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDNYC, live music, music, performance, singer, TEDNYC, 2017
Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of "This Too Shall Pass" and "The One Moment," lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash takes us inside the band's creative process, showing us how to look for wonder and surprise. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, communication, discovery, live music, music, performance,...
A genre unto herself, Kaki King fuses the ancient tradition of working with one's hands with digital technology, projection-mapping imagery onto her guitar in her groundbreaking multimedia work "The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body." Using her guitar's neck like a keyboard, she plays an intricate melody as she takes the audience on a musical journey of light and sound. She calls it "guitar as paintbrush." Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, creativity, guitar, innovation, live music, music, performance, TEDWomen...
All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age. Here, they play three dazzling songs in three different keys, passing the lead back and forth from fiddle to banjo to guitar. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, live music, music, performance, wunderkind, TED2013,...
With words like shards of glass, Chinaka Hodge cuts open 2016 and lets 12 months of violence, grief, fear, shame, courage and hope spill out in this original poem about a year none of us will soon forget. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Gender equality, children, death, future, history, humanity, identity,...